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1965 Pontiac Tempest
The 1965 Pontiac Tempest

1965 Pontiac Tempest

You could choose from 12 different models in the Pontiac Tempest line-up for 1965 (not including the Tempest Lemans GTO). Outward appearances featured stacked headlights and split grille with wrap-around tail lamps.  Inside, standard accessories included a heater and defroster, seat belts, turn signals, electric windshiel wipers and more.

 

 

 

 

1965 Pontiac Tempest Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Tempest Series 233
233 69 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,263 2,963 lbs 15,705
233 27 2 dr Coupe - 5P $2,211 2,943 lbs 18,198
233 35 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,549 3,237 lbs 5,622
Tempest Custom Series 235
235 69 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,496 3,021 lbs 25,242
235 27 2 dr Coupe - 5P $2,295 2,965 lbs 18,367
235 37 2 dr Hardtop - 5P $2,359 2,983 lbs 21,906
235 67 2 dr Convertible - 5P $2,584 3,064 lbs 8,346
235 35 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,633 3,250 lbs 10,792
Tempest LeMans Series 237
237 69 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,496 3,021 lbs 14,227
237 27 2d Coupe - 5P $2,437 2,996 lbs 18,881
237 37 2d Hardtop - 5P $2,501 3,014 lbs 60,548
237 67 2d Convertible - 5P $2,736 3,107 lbs 13,897

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Tempest 115 in 206.2 in 58 in 58 in 6.95 x 14
Station Wagon 121 in 204.4 in Not Available Not Available 7.35 x 14

VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were on the left front hinge pillar. Fisher body on cowl tells style number, body number, trim code, paint code, and other data.
First Symbol - Manufacturer
2 = Pontiac
Second & Third Symbol - Series
33 = Standard Tempest 54 = 2 + 2
35 = Custom Tempest 56 = Star Chief
37 = LeMans 62 = Bonneville
39 = Safari Station Wagon w/ wood grain 66 = Grand Prix
52 = Catalina & Ventura  
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = two-door sedan 45 = station wagon three seat
27 = two-door sedan 57 = two-door hardtop
35 = station wagon two seat 67 = convertible
37 = two-door hardtop 69 = four-door sedan
39 = four-door hardtop 87 = two-door hardtop
Sixth Symbol - Last Digit Of The Model Year
5 = 1965
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(C) Southgate, California (R) Arlington, Texas
(D) Doraville, Georgia (U) Lordstown, Ohio
(E) Linden, New Jersey (V) Bloomfield, Illinios
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (X) Kansas City, Kansas
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (Z) Fremont, California
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

1965 Pontiac Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: V-8 engine codes are found on front of block below right cylinder head.

 eng.  hp  disp. carb   Bonneville  Star Chief  Grand Prix  Catalina  Tempest
 6 140   215 2-bbl  * * * *  std.
 V-8 250  326  2-bbl  * * * * $108 
 V-8 285  326  4-bbl  * * * * $173 
 V-8 335 389-GTO  4-bbl * * * * $296
 V-8 360  389  3 2-bbl  * * * * $116 on
GTO
 V-8 256 (economy V-8 available on all Pontiacs w/Turbo Hydra-matic) 389 2-bbl * std.  * std. *
 V-8 290   389 2-bbl *  std.
H-M
*  std.
H-M
*
 V-8 325   389 4-bbl  std.
H-M
 $35  std.
H-M
 $35 *
 V-8 333   389 4-bbl  std.  $45  std.  $45 *
 V-8 338  389 3 2-bbl  $133  $178  $133  $178 *
 V-8 338   421 4-bbl.  $138  $174  $108  $174 *
 V-8
 V-8
356 
376
421 
421HO
3 2-bbl 
 $272
 $376
 $307
 $410
 $241
 $344
 $307
 $410
*

Notes:

* - Info Not Available at this time

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 Stamped on servo cover on right side of transmission.
Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 On metal tag fastened to right side of transmission case or on the left side of converter housing.
Powerglide Stamped on a metal tag located on the right side of the transmission.
Super Turbine 300 (TempesTorque) On metal tag fastened to right side of transmission case or stamped on lower servo cover.
Jetway On metal tag fastened to right side of transmission case or stamped on lower servo cover.
3-Speed Painted or stamped on the transmission case.
4-Speed Painted or stamped on the transmission case.
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Transmission Type
20 TempesTorque
30 TempesTorque
LA TempesTorque
MA TempesTorque
MB TempesTorque
MC TempesTorque
NA TempesTorque
NB TempesTorque
PA Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PB Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PC Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PE Turbo Hydra-Matic
PH Turbo Hydra-Matic 400

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: Letter codes are on the rear of right hand axle tube near carrier or on the left hand brake drum.
 
Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio
WB, XB YB, ZB 2.56
WC YC 2.78
WD, XD YD, ZD 2.93
WE, XE YE, ZE 3.08
WF, XF YF, ZF 3.23
WG, XG YG, ZG 3.36
WH, XH YH, ZH 3.55
WK, XK YK, ZK 3.90
WL, XL YL, ZL 4.33
  • Codes beginning with "W" and "Y" are standard brake linings. Codes beginning with "X" and "Z" are metallic brake linnings.
  • 1965 Pontiac Options and Accessories

    Description  Bonneville   Star Chief   Grand Prix   Catalina Tempest
     Superlift shocks $40 $40 $40 $40 $40
     Quick-ratio steering * * * * $11
     Tach $54 $54 $54  $54 *
     Transistor ignition w/ AC $75 $75 $75 $75 $75
     Transistor ignition w/ out AC $65 $65 $65 $65 $65
     Turbo hydra-matic transmission $231 $231 $231 $231 *
     Two-speed automatic w/ 6 * * * * $188
     Two-speed automatic w/ V-8 * * * * $199
     Tri-comfort AC $430 $430 $430 $430 $346
     Tinted glass, all windows $43  $43 $43 $43 $31
     Seat belt sets $8   $8 $8 $8 $8
     Heavy-duty battery $5   $5 $5 $5 $4
     Electro Cruise and fuel warning $86  $86 $86 $86 *
     Brougham option $161 * * * *
     Console $108 $108 $108 $108  $48
     Auto temperature control $65 $65 $65 $65 *
     Bucket seats $116 * std. opt. opt.
     Power left bucket seat $71 $71 $71 $71 $71
     Ride and handeling package $16 $16 $16 $16 $16
     Rally gauge cluster and tach * * * * $86
     Aluminum wheels/hubs/drums $121  $121  $121  $138 *
     Catalina 2+2 package, convertible * * * $397 *
     Catalina 2+2 package, coupe * * * $419 *
     GTO option package * * * * $296
     dual exhausts on V-8s $31 $31 $31 $31 $31
     Saf-T-Track differential $43 $43 $43 $43 $38
     Four-speed $231 $231 $231 $231 $188
     Power steering $108 $108 $108 $97 $97
     Power brakes $43 $43 $43 $43 $43
     Transistorized voltage regulator $11 $11 $11 $11 $11

    Notes:

    * - Info Not Available at this time

    Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

    Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

    A - Starlight Black
    Lucite® Code - 88
    Dulux® Code - 93-005

    N - Burgundy Red
    Lucite® Code - 4624LH
    Dulux® Code - 181-97213M

    B - Blue Charcoal
    Lucite® Code - 4622L
    Dulux® Code - 181-97211

    P - Iris Mist
    Lucite® Code - 4632L
    Dulux® Code - 181-97221

    C - Ermine White
    Lucite® Code - 4024L
    Dulux® Code - 93-93774

    R - Montero Red
    Lucite® Code - 4625LH
    Dulux® Code - 93-97540H

    D - Fontaine Blue
    Lucite® Code - 4630L
    Dulux® Code - 181-972219

    T - Capri Gold
    Lucite® Code - 4627L
    Dulux® Code - 181-97216

    E - Nightwatch Blue
    Lucite® Code - 4631L
    Dulux® Code - 181-97220

    V - Mission Beige
    Lucite® Code - 4401L
    Dulux® Code - 93-96261

    H - Palmetto Green
    Lucite® Code - 4633L
    Dulux® Code - 181-97223

    W - Bluemist Slate
    Lucite® Code - 4623L
    Dulux® Code - 181-97212

    K - Reef Turquoise
    Lucite® Code - 4628L
    Dulux® Code - 181-97217

    Y - Mayfair Maize
    Lucite® Code - 4620L
    Dulux® Code - 93-96908

    L - Teal Turquoise
    Lucite® Code - 4629L
    Dulux® Code - 181-97218
     
    NOTES: The first letter of a two-letter paint code identifies the body color. The second letter identifies the roof color. (For example, the combination VC on a Pontiac would indicate the body finished in Mission Beige and the roof area in Cameo Ivory.) General Motors paint code plate for all models except Corvair and Corvette is located under the hood at the top of the firewall on the left or right of the upper shroud. Corvair paint code plate is on the left rear wheel housing. Corvette paint code plate is under the dash, below the glove compartment.
     

    Paint Codes - Interior Colors

    Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

    Parchment
    Lucite® Code - 9000L (semi-gloss)

    Dark Turquoise
    Lucite® Code - 9176LM (semi-gloss)
    Lucite® Code - 9197LH (flat)

    Medium Fawn
    Lucite® Code - 9171LH (semi-gloss)

    Medium Blue
    Lucite® Code - 4630L (semi-gloss)

    Dark Fawn
    Lucite® Code - 9224LH (semi-gloss)
    Lucite® Code - 9198LH (flat)

    Dark Blue
    Lucite® Code - 9172LH (semi-gloss)
    Lucite® Code - 9194LH (flat)

    Gunmetal
    Lucite® Code - 4622L(semi-gloss)
    Lucite® Code - 9191LH (flat)
    Red
    Lucite® Code - 9183LM (semi-gloss)

    Medium Green
    Lucite® Code - 4633L (semi-gloss)

    Dark Red
    Lucite® Code - 9181LM (semi-gloss)
    Lucite® Code - 9201LM (flat)

    Dark Green
    Lucite® Code - 9225LH (flat)

    Black
    Lucite® Code - 88 (semi-gloss)
    Lucite® Code - 4428L (flat)

    Medium Turquoise
    Lucite® Code - 4628L (semi-gloss)

     

    NOTE: Unpolished LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use2 oz. DuPont #4528 flattening compound to a pint of unreduced color.

    Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

    Turquoise = 389-256

     

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